No TV and America-centric web usage led me to find out about this just now. Only blocks away from my “second home”, a giant fire took down what seems like a whole block on Queen Street West between Spadina and Bathurst. Thankfully no one’s been injured, but among the destruction: Suspect Video, Preloved, National Sound and Duke’s Cycle.
Says The Globe and Mail:
A massive fire that erupted near a busy Toronto intersection early Wednesday morning gutted several buildings and left the road slick with ice as dozens of firefighters battled for hours on a frigid day to extinguish the six-alarm blaze.
Orange and yellow flames and sparks lit the sky as fire ripped through a three-storey building just after 5 a.m. and rapidly spread to adjacent buildings lining Queen Street West, a popular shopping district close to the city’s downtown core that’s also a busy streetcar route.
At its height, 150 firefighters and 30 fire trucks were on the scene battling the flames amid a wind chill of -20 C, local TV station CP24 reported.